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The Spring of the Ram By Dorothy Dunnett

The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett

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Summary

In 1461, the mysterious enigmatic Nicholas is in Florence. Backed by none other than Cosimo de' Medici, he will sail the Black Sea to Trebizond, the last jewel missing from the crown of the Ottoman Empire. But trouble lies ahead. Nicholas' step-daughter has eloped with his rival in trade: a Machiavellian Genoese who races ahead of Nicholas.

The Spring of the Ram Summary

The Spring of the Ram: The House of Niccolo 2 by Dorothy Dunnett

The exquisitely-researched standalone prequel series to Dorothy Dunnett's revered Lymond Chronicles, following the ancestors of Francis Crawford of Lymond in Continental Europe.

Spring of the Ram is Book Two in The House of Niccolo series.

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'Catherine de Charetty, having chosen a lover just after the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, was much put out to learn that, at nearly thirteen, she did not possess all the required qualifications . . .'

Yet her secret suitor, Pagano Doria, claims he will wait and spirits her away from Bruges, first to Florence and then eastwards. On their trail is Nicholas vander Poele, her step-father, conducting his own journey to the fabled city of Trebizond, a Byzantine outpost on the Black Sea.

Known as the treasure-house of the East, Trebizond in 1461 is the ideal location for Nicholas to open the House of Niccolo's new trading post. However, the city's riches are threated by a Turkish army while rival merchant families seek to thwart Nicholas' ambitions.

Not least among them is Doria himself, harbouring a plan involving young Catherine to rain ruin on the head of House Niccolo. . .

'A sorceress of the genre' Daily Mail

The Spring of the Ram Reviews

Praise for Dorothy Dunnett

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A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention -- - * New York Times *

Marvellous, breathtaking

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A masterpiece of historical fiction -- - * Washington Post *
One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas -- - * Cleveland Plain Dealer *
Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety -- - * The Times *
Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction -- - * New York Times *

About Dorothy Dunnett

Frequently described as the finest historical fiction writer of her time, Dorothy Dunnett earned worldwide acclaim for her blend of scholarship and imagination. She is best known for her two superb series of historical fiction - The Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolo - set in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and ranging across Europe and the Mediterranean, and for King Hereafter, the eleventh-century story of Earl Thorfinn of Orkney whom Dorothy believed was also King Macbeth. In 1992, Dorothy Dunnett was awarded the OBE for her services to literature, and in 2014 Dunnett's most enduring hero, Francis Crawford of Lymond, was voted Scotland's favourite literary character - beating the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and Ivanhoe. Dunnett died 9 November 2001, having sold half a million copies internationally.

Additional information

GOR001289797
9780140113594
0140113592
The Spring of the Ram: The House of Niccolo 2 by Dorothy Dunnett
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1988-11-03
592
N/A
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